ED summons Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal amidst money laundering probe

The ED’s visit comes in the wake of the high court’s refusal to provide Kejriwal relief from any potential coercive measures by the investigative agency. The money laundering probe revolves around alleged irregularities in the implementation of the Delhi excise policy.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence was visited by officials from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday evening. This development occurred shortly after the Delhi High Court declined to grant Kejriwal protection from coercive action in a money laundering case related to the excise policy.

The ED team arrived at Kejriwal’s residence to serve him a summons in connection with the ongoing investigation. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader had previously failed to appear before the agency despite multiple summonses issued to him in the same case.

The ED’s visit comes in the wake of the high court’s refusal to provide Kejriwal relief from any potential coercive measures by the investigative agency. The money laundering probe revolves around alleged irregularities in the implementation of the Delhi excise policy.

Kejriwal and his party have maintained that the case is a political vendetta by the BJP-led central government against the AAP. They claim that the probe is an attempt to malign Kejriwal’s image and derail the good governance work done by the AAP government in Delhi. AAP’s advocate has said Arvind Kejriwal is neither an accused nor a witness in the case.

Meanwhile, the BJP has accused Kejriwal of trying to evade the investigation and has demanded that he cooperate with the ED officials. “Since 9 summons, Kejriwal has been repeatedly skipping the summons like he wants to hide something,” said a BJP spokesperson to Times Now. The saffron party has also alleged that there was massive corruption and kickbacks in the formulation and implementation of the excise policy in Delhi.

[The article has been modified using artificial intelligence (AI) tools.]